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December 22, 2016
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Mapping the Disappeared and Crimes Against Humanity

(Pleasanton, CA)

“All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing...In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting.” - Judith Herman

Imagine pulling up a map of Punjab, clicking on your ancestral village, and seeing the pictures and testimonies of people disappeared or unlawfully killed by Indian security forces during the Decade of Disappearances. Ensaaf is working to build that map, and needs your donation to make it happen.

The Indian Government has suppressed and denied the truth of crimes against humanity in Punjab for three decades. As the generation of parents--that hold the stories of their loved ones in their hearts--disappears as well, we are losing the chance to record our own history and build our movement for justice. Ensaaf believes in the need to recognize, remember, and preserve the testimony of each and every victim of state abuse, and we have put ourselves towards that work.

Over the last several years, Ensaaf undertook the largest initiative in the history of India to document cases of disappearances, unlawful killings, and torture in Punjab. To date, we have reached 12,000 villages. Similar to The Counted, a database tracking people killed by police in the United States, the Ensaaf map will visualize cases of disappearances and unlawful killings in Punjab during the Decade of Disappearances. This map will expose the widespread and systematic extent of abuses in Punjab. Furthermore, the map interface will allow survivors of torture and illegal detention to report information on co-detainees and co-victims, building additional evidence for accountability.

Over the last several years, Ensaaf undertook the largest initiative in the history of India to document cases of disappearances, unlawful killings, and torture in Punjab.

We have a historic opportunity before us. We need your support to finally and definitively establish that the government committed crimes against humanity in Punjab. Take a stand and support truth and justice for the victims and survivors of the Decade of Disappearances.

Our partnership with you has demonstrated that a focused vision, combined with real resources, can accomplish what many said was too difficult. Please donate now and play a role in making history.

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